Comprehensive dentistry involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. At Seva Dental in Bellbrook, Ohio, we believe that preventive care is the most important aspect of comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Somaiya aims to identify and treat problems while they are still small, which can save you time, money, and more extensive dental treatment in the future. She provides comprehensive dental services right here in our office, which means she will only refer you to a dental specialist when it is necessary and in your best interest.
Routine & Preventive Care
At Seva Dental, we believe your first visit should include quality one-on-one time with the dentist. We get to know you – not just your medical history, but your past dental experiences, your reasons for coming to see us and your goals for your smile and overall oral health. It might seem out of the ordinary to be scheduled for a 60-minute new patient visit with Dr. Somaiya and her assistant, but this time has been reserved just for you. We want to ensure that you receive a thorough consultation and have plenty of time to ask our team any questions you may have.
For most people, having a dental cleaning every six months will help them keep their gums healthy, their breath fresh, and their teeth white and clean. At Seva Dental, we perform cleanings in a very kind and gentle manner, ensuring that you are well taken care of each time you visit. Our goal is to make cleaning appointments effective and enjoyable.
Digital x-rays are a fast and comfortable tool we use to assess your dental needs, and some studies have found that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays.
The GALILEOS 3D X-ray imaging system enables us to provide patients with leading-edge diagnostic services at a lower cost and with less radiation than traditional CT scans. A fast scan time of only 14 seconds minimizes patient radiation exposure while generating precise, high resolution sites/all/themes/bootstrap-business/images used for treatment planning and diagnostics.
Like digital x-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool. Through the use of a tiny camera attached to a hand-held wand we can show you incredibly clear pictures of your teeth and gums.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film that is applied to the chewing surface of the molars to prevent food particles and bacteria from reaching the depressions and grooves. These sealants have proven extremely effective in the prevention of molar cavities.
Although sealants are often recommended for children, adults too can dramatically reduce their risk for cavities by having a sealant applied to their molars. Please contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants.
Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth, preventing the development of cavities. Although most public water systems and toothpastes contain fluoride, Dr. Somaiya may recommend additional fluoride treatments during your visit if she thinks you have a moderate to great risk for cavity development.
Dr. Somaiya can create a custom-fitted plastic mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, lips and cheeks from sports-related injuries. Athletic mouthguards can even help prevent severe injuries to the face, jaw, and head.
Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is harmful to your teeth, and may also cause additional problems like headaches, jaw pain and arthritic jaw.
Dr. Somaiya can help you protect your teeth from the effects of grinding with a custom-made nightguard. This plastic guard is worn at night while you sleep, and covers and preserves the teeth you have been grinding. Nightguards have also been shown to reduce or eliminate jaw pain and headaches that often are associated with bruxism.
If you wake up feeling like you have not slept well or your loved ones complain about your snoring, we can help. Breathing problems that result in snoring or sleep disturbances can be treated with a custom-made oral appliance. Untreated sleep apnea can reduce your lifespan by as much as 7 years! Sleep apnea has been linked to nighttime teeth grinding, stroke, heart attack, diabetes and weight gain. Ask us how we can help you get a better night’s sleep at your next dental visit.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that every hour of every day, one person dies from oral cancer? When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is key. Regular oral cancer screenings are an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. We use the VELscope® oral cancer screening device to detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms. Digital x-rays also aid in the detection of oral cancer by enabling Dr. Somaiya to see possible tumors and other problems associated with the jaw.
Dr. Nimisha Somaiya offers many oral surgery options.
Several dental conditions may require the extraction (removal) of one or more teeth. Whether due to impacted wisdom teeth, or a dental emergency brought on by decay, trauma, or infection, a tooth extraction can bring immediate and needed pain relief! When you visit Seva Dental for an extraction, you can rest assured knowing Dr. Somaiya will take time to explain the treatment so you know what to expect. She will discuss with you why the procedure is necessary, what it will entail, and what will be done following the procedure to help you maintain a healthy, happy smile! Dr. Somaiya will also talk with you about your sedation options, because your comfort is very important to us.
There are numerous types of oral cysts and tumors, with most causing a lump in the mouth. Cysts are usually small, filled with fluid, and often painless. Although they can be cancerous (malignant), they usually are not. An oral tumor is a lump consisting of tissue cells, and it may or may not be painful. While tumors are more frequently cancerous than oral cysts, many oral tumors are also non-cancerous (benign).
If you think you might have an oral cyst or tumor, please have it examined by Dr. Somaiya or a certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon as soon as possible. If Dr. Somaiya identifies a cyst or oral tumor, she will typically perform a biopsy to determine the type (benign or malignant). Even if a cyst or tumor is not cancerous, Dr. Somaiya may recommend removal since cysts and tumors can interfere with teeth and bone structures, and since a non-cancerous cyst or tumor could possibly become cancerous later.
An attractive smile can boost your confidence, help you make better first impressions on others and improve your personal and professional life. We provide several cosmetic dental treatments that can subtly enhance your smile, and there are many other more dramatic treatments, often called “smile makeovers,” that can give you the smile of your dreams. Ask us at your visit about the possibilities for your smile!
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Something as simple as professional teeth whitening can help your smile look brighter and more youthful. We offer both in-office, one-visit bleaching and take-home whitening solutions. Ask us which method is right for you!
Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are chipped, misshapen, or too discolored for traditional whitening. Veneers are thin ceramic casings that are bonded to the front side of your teeth to give your smile a beautiful, more uniform appearance. Veneers are also a great alternative to braces for teeth that are widely spaced or overlapped.
We understand that people of all ages can experience dental anxiety, and we strive to make your visits with us as pleasant as they are effective. At Seva Dental we offer several sedation options to help you relax:
In addition to our relaxing sedation options, we have equipped our treatment rooms with pillows and warm blankets to keep you comfortable throughout your visit. Life can be stressful, but going to the dentist doesn’t have to be!
Learn more about sedation at Seva Dental!
Missing teeth can take the joy out of the everyday things we love, from smiling and talking with confidence to eating our favorite foods. All of these things can become easier again with restorative dentistry. Dr. Somaiya offers restorative treatments that will not just restore your smile to its former health – they will make it look and feel even better than before! From natural looking dental fillings and crowns to dental implant restorations and dentures, we will help you find just the right treatments to give your smile a second chance.
Restorative Dental Treatments
Tooth-colored dental fillings, often called "composite fillings," are made of quartz filler in a resin medium. Composite fillings can be adhesively held in place or “bonded.” Because they can be bonded to teeth, composite fillings allow for more conservative preparations where less healthy tooth structure is removed. This often results in smaller fillings than that of amalgam (silver fillings), and composite fillings are more natural looking. The composite filling is cured with a special light and then the surface is shaped and polished, rendering the final result undetectable to the eye and very natural feeling in the mouth.
Dental crowns are often called "caps." They cover teeth to restore them to their appropriate shape and size after large fillings, fractures, or weakening forces such as intense grinding. In all these cases, crowns not only cover teeth but also provide added support. They can be used to attach fixed dental bridges, cover dental implants, restore seriously discolored or misshapen teeth, and even as a preventive measure to protect a tooth in danger of breaking.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular option for patients who need to have one or more teeth replaced. Unlike a denture, a dental implant is a permanent solution that remains in your mouth, more closely resembling a real tooth or teeth. A dental implant is a small post that is placed in the jaw to serve as a permanent replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth, and an implant restoration is the replacement tooth that goes on top of the implant post. Having a dentist who is trained in both these phases saves patients the inconvenience of going to multiple offices for implant treatment. Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants!
Dr. Somaiya uses only the best materials to fabricate her patients’ new dentures. With modern and improved methods, your partial or full dentures can look just like natural teeth. While fabrication and fitting of your new teeth can take multiple appointments, you will understand when you receive your dentures that the time put into your new, natural-looking smile was well worth it.
Whether you see us for a full denture or a partial denture, Dr. Somaiya will continue helping you with your new smile by guiding you through the period of getting adjusted to your new teeth, including minor modifications to make sure your new smile is as comfortable as it is beautiful!
The inside of each tooth contains soft tissue with nerves and blood vessels running from the root to the crown. A crack, deep cavity, or other injury to a tooth can cause the nerve to become damaged or diseased, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and kill the living tissue. Without treatment, the resulting infection can cause pain, swelling and abscesses, loss of the diseased tooth, and eventually damage to the surrounding bone. With endodontic treatment, also called root canal therapy, we carefully remove the diseased tissue and nerve from the tooth and gently clean and seal the root canal to protect it from bacteria. If needed, medication or an antibiotic can also be used to control the spread of bacteria and stop infection. Finally, a crown is placed over the reshaped tooth to restore and strengthen it.
Periodontal (Gum) Care
According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to the various forms and stages of periodontitis. The prevalence of gum disease increases with age as our teeth wear down and become more sensitive and our gums naturally recede.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have gum disease. Other warning signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, persistent bad breath, pain or sensitivity in your teeth, and even loose teeth caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and more serious health problems.
Treatment for Gum Disease
If you have any degree of gum disease, we can help. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes necessary, we can now treat many cases with less invasive techniques first, including deep cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses.